In response to the challenges of the Covid-19 global pandemic – the Royal College of Psychiatrists has migrated all MRCPsych examinations online.
Paper A, B and CASC can now be taken from the comfort of your home. This exciting developmet has of course been accelerated by Covid-19, enabling MRCPsych examinations to be delivered during lockdowns.
Following the pandemic outbreak, the college has worked hard to bring orward their plans to launch online examinations and move online, the nearest date to this which the College could reasonably start exams is 7 October 2021.
Demand for the exams has increased, and furter online dates have been added by the Royal College. Paper B can be sat on either Wednesday 7 October or Thursday 19 November and Paper A on either Tuesday 1 or Tuesday 15 December.
The online MRCPsych written paper format:
The format of Papers A and B remains that candidates complete 150 questions. From these questions, roughly 100 are multiple choice with single answers and 50 are extended matching questions which ask a series of multiple choice questions about information in a single question stem.
The online exam platform is very easy to use. You can complete the test using your own computer, at home. The online system is straightorward, requiring only a few checks and guidelines to follow to help you make the process a success.
The online CASC exam
The format of the CASC exam is that candidates complete two circuits, each of eight stations. Usually of course this is face to face, giving you the benefit of understanding body language and the importnace of being in close proximity of the "patient". However, the inline CASC exam has been carefully designed to ensire minimal impact on the test.
The format is unchanged, in each CASC station you will encounter a roleplayer from whom you must elicit key information related to the task that you have been set.
In a face to face exam, the examiner would be in the room with you to evaluate your performance and the invigilator would be on hand to make sure that everything runs to plan.
In the online exam, all of this will be done by video. You will see all four participants in the same window. As above, the online system is straightorward, requiring only a few checks and guidelines to follow to help you make the process a success.
Candidates who were planning to enter the Singapore and Hong Kong CASCs are now welcome to apply to sit the online versions that will take place in January and September 2021.